Communication in Crisis

Communication - Key Facts

More than 1 million children have long-term, persistent Speech, Language and Communication Needs.

Evidence shows that children’s understanding and use of vocabulary at 2 years old  is very strongly associated with their performance on entering school. In some areas of the UK more than 50% of children start school without the communication skills they need. Early intervention is the most effective way to improve this outcome; something as simple and effective as offering signing classes is often overlooked.

* 40,000 children started school in 2010 unable to communicate properly.

* Supportive early intervention is highly effective, helping improve a child’s communication potential. 

* Research shows that using gesture with babies leads to better parent/child interactions and bonding, interest in language acquisition and more complex speech at an earlier age. 

* Children are kinaesthic learners; by seeing words signed in conjunction with speech, language and memory skills are enhanced and reinforced.

* Over 70% of communication is non verbal - consisting of gesture, intonation, body language and facial expression

* Gesture is one of the building blocks of language (I CAN)

* Without the right help, children with communication difficulties are unlikely to reach their academic potential as they are unable to access the curriculum. They become isolated and frustrated, risking poor behaviour, mental health issues and offending. (I CAN)

* Vocabulary at age 5 is the best predictor of whether children who have experienced social deprivation in childhood are able to escape poverty in later adult life. Yet there is a lack of understanding about how best to support children's communication development - and how to spot problems. (I CAN)

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